Acne Scar Prevention

"When treating acne, it is also important to consider the scars that acne can leave. Even if acne is eliminated, these scars can cause the skin to have an unattractive appearance."

Acne scar prevention

When treating acne, it is also important to consider the scars that acne can leave. Even if acne is eliminated, these scars can cause the skin to have an unattractive appearance, which will simply transform the issue from eliminating acne, to eliminating acne scars. This is why it is important to take measures to prevent acne scars before they form.

How To Prevent Acne Scars:

The most important thing to consider when preventing acne scars, is that acne should not be left alone to worsen. Acne should be promptly treated to eliminate any chance of scarring. This can be done by visiting a physician or by determining which acne medication works best for your skin type. Untreated acne lesions can quickly worsen or spread, which will eventually cause a much more severe case of acne and scarring.

Another thing that can be done to treat acne, is to limit physical contact with breakouts. Outside of the regular skin care routine, acne should be left alone as much as possible. All picking, popping, and unnecessary touching should be completely avoided. Touching acne will not only spread bacteria, but it can cause acne to worsen and rupture, eventually leaving a scar. While it may be very difficult to resist popping a pimple or blemish, doing so can worsen the blemish to the point in which it turns into a cyst. Cystic acne is both harder to treat and more likely to cause scarring. In the case that a pimple has already been popped and has formed a scab, it is exceedingly important to allow the scab to fully heal. While many people would rather not have a scab on their face, removing a scab before the wound has healed can cause infection and scarring.

Acne may also become irritated when exposed to the sun. When acne lesions become irritated, they will not only worsen, but will also take longer to heal. To avoid irritating the skin, limit sun exposure and be sure to wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. To further avoid breakouts, it is advisable to select a sunscreen that is water-based, instead of oil-based. While these may be simple things to consider, they are also imperative to preventing acne scars and effectively treating acne.

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Acne Scar Treatments

Acne scars not only affect a person’s skin, but many times their confidence as well. Most people that are left with acne scars wish to eliminate these scars and finally have smooth, attractive skin. Fortunately, while these scars can be difficult to treat, there are many treatment options available.

Acne Scar Treatment Options:

- Laser Treatment: There are a few different laser treatments currently being offered to patients. These laser treatments include Carbon Dioxide laser treatments, non-ablative lasers, and fractionated laser treatments, like Affirm or Fraxel. Carbon Dioxide laser treatments remove the top layers of the skin, which is effective in treating acne scars, yet can result in new scarring. Non-ablative lasers are less damaging to the skin and treat acne scars, without destroying layers of skin in the process. Lastly, fractionated laser treatments work by rebuilding the collagen in the skin and reforming and smoothing acne scars.

- Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is a technique that removes the top layer of skin, which results in a smoother appearance. However, demabrasion only removes the very top layer of skin, which is mostly composed of dead skin cells, so deep acne scars may not greatly benefit from this acne scar treatment.

- Injections: Injectible fillers like Restylane, Cosmoderm, or Perlane may be used to fill acne scars. While this is an effective technique, these injections will need to be repeated as their effects are not permanent.

- Subcision: Subcision is a technique where a tool is used to cut a scar from the other layers of the skin. While the scar is not removed, it will no longer be attached to the skin’s normal layers. This will help improve scars that appear depressed and will work to provide a smooth look to the skin.

- Punch Excision and Grafting: This treatment consists of a dermatologist actually removing an acne scar. Once the scar has been removed, the dermatologist will then stitch the wound, perform a skin grafting, or replace the scar tissue on top the wound to create a smooth appearance. This technique is usually only performed when a person suffers from deep scarring, like that of ice pick scars.

- Chemical Peels: Chemical peels can be administered by a dermatologist and helps patients rid themselves of acne scars. Chemical peels work by destroying skin cells, which causes the skin to rebuild these cells and new skin tissue to form. This ultimately resurfaces the skin, and reduces or eliminates the appears of acne scars.

- Topical Lotions: Lotions or creams containing alphahydroxy acid or Retin-A may reduce the appearance of acne scars. These ingredients work to exfoliate the skin, which will help to resurface acne scars. In addition, many of these topical acne scar treatments will also help to eliminate existing acne and support collagen production.

-Coolaser™: Developed by Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Medical Corporation. Dr. Ourian explains the procedure in layman’s terms: “Utilizing the Coolaser™, I am able to sand down the surface of the skin so that the scars literally are less deep. The precision of the Coolaser allows me to exactingly and effectively remove only the damaged, scarred skin to leave behind a smooth surface.” Patients report that the procedure itself is relatively painless, similar to the feeling of a rubber band being tapped lightly on the skin. A topical anesthetic cream may be used to relieve any potential discomfort.

-Coolaser + Dermal Fillers: For deep acne scars Dr. Ourian recommends combining Coolaser with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® or Restylane® or Radiesse®. A dermal filler is a substance that may can be injected into acne scars to plump up and raise the surface of the skin. This will give the skin a firmer and smoother appearance.

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